Work to redesign a Sheffield city centre roundabout has begun.
Sheffield Council is changing the design of Charter Square, taking away the roundabout and creating a public square between Furnival Gate and Wellington Street.
The changes form part of the preparation for the opening of the Moor’s new Light Cinema and the start of the first phase of Sheffield Retail Quarter on the site of the former Grosvenor House Hotel.
The work will be completed in phases with temporary changes to the road layout, and the council has warned to expect delays.
The road layout has been temporarily changed from a roundabout to a two-way road. This has been done by blocking off the southern side of the roundabout.
Vehicles are still be able to travel both ways, between Furnival Gate and Charter Row but, during this phase, vehicles will not be able to travel from Furnival Gate and then turn right onto Wellington Street.
Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure Mazher Iqbal said: “These improvements will completely transform Charter Square to create a vital link between two exciting new areas of the city.
"Sheffield is already renowned for stunning outdoor spaces in the city centre, and a new public square in this part of the city is long overdue. It will be a great location for the hundreds of new shoppers and office workers that will come with the developments at The Moor and Sheffield Retail Quarter.
“We’re working hard to minimise disruption and apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We have traffic cameras covering the area and temporary signal arrangements integrated into the surrounding network to manage the traffic flow and reduce the likelihood of delay.”
Charter Square is virtually the last remaining part of a 1960s road scheme known as the civic circle which included dual carriageways, underpasses and subways running through the city centre. It also included Castle Square - popularly known as the ‘Hole in the Road’ - Arundel Gate, Furnival Square Underpass, Eyre St and Charter Row .
The council hopes to create a more attractive public space at Charter Square - similar in quality to Tudor Square or Barkers Pool - linking new developments in the area and replacing under-used subways by more direct people-friendly routes and spaces with room for events and outdoor dining.
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